Well-Tempered Woodwinds

Well-Tempered Woodwinds : Friedrich von Huene and the Making of Early Music in a New World

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Friedrich von Huene (1929- ) is arguably the most important manufacturer of historical woodwinds in the 20th century. Since he began making recorders in 1958, von Huene has exerted a strong influence on the craft of building woodwind instruments and on the study of instrument-making, as he has helped to shape the emerging field of Early Music performance practice. Recipient of lifetime achievement awards from the American Musical Instrumental Society, the National Flute Association, and Early Music America, he has remained at the forefront of research and design of historical copies of recorders, flutes, and oboes. In a compelling narrative that combines biography, cultural history, and technical organological enquiry, Geoffrey Burgess explores von Huene's impact on the craft of historical instrument-making and the role organology has played in the emergence of the Early Music movement in the post-war era.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 160.02 x 233.68 x 25.4mm | 635.03g
  • Bloomington, IN, United States
  • English
  • 47 b&w illus., 53 color illus.
  • 025301641X
  • 9780253016416
  • 1,402,479

Table of contents

Preface: A Domestic Music Room in Brookline
Introduction: Why Recorders?
1. Childhood in Paradise
2. Flight from Eden
3. Training in a New World
4. Friedrich the Great: Founding an Empire
5. Trading Old Flutes for New
6. Heydays
7. At the Hub of an International Network
8. Cause to Celebrate
9. The von Huene Legacy
Appendix 1. Von Huene Family Tree
Appendix 2. Summary Chronology
Appendix 3. List of Honors
Appendix 4. Recordings of Brandenburg IV with Recorders
Appendix 5. List of Instruments Produced by von Huene Workshop
Appendix 6. Recorders and Traversos heard in the recordings by Frans Bruggen
Appendix 7. General Discography
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Review quote

Though mainly focused on von Huene and the recorder, this book also constitutes a welcome addition to the growing body of literature on the twentieth-century historical performance movement. * Journal of the American Musicological Society *
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About Geoffrey Burgess

Geoffrey Burgess, a practicing oboist, is instructor of baroque oboe at the Eastman School of Music. He has published widely on historical musicology, performance practice, and organology including his most recent publication, The Oboe (authored with Bruce D. Haynes).
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